New Boston man sentenced to more than six years for child porn

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A New Boston, Texas, man who possessed hundreds of images depicting the sexual exploitation of children was sentenced Thursday to six and a half years in federal prison.

John Matthew Emerson, 35, appeared with Longview, Texas, attorney Jason Cassel appeared Thursday afternoon before U.S. District Judge Robert Schroeder III in the Texarkana Division of the Eastern District of Texas. Emerson pleaded guilty in November to the second charge, possession of child pornography, listed in a two-count indictment issued in August by a federal grand jury.

The first count of the indictment, transportation of child pornography, was dismissed at sentencing Thursday. According to a factual basis, Emerson possessed a cell phone June 9, 2017, which contained images depicting the sexual abuse and exploitation of children which he obtained and stored via the internet and an online cloud service.

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“Emerson also knew that he possessed more than 600 images and videos of child pornography, including files depicting prepubescent minors, sadistic or masochistic abuse or other depictions of violence, and images depicting the sexual abuse and exploitation of infants and toddlers,” the factual basis states. “Emerson admits that he committed the offense described in the Indictment in locations through the Eastern District of Texas, including his home in New Boston, Bowie County, Texas.”

Schroeder sentenced Emerson to 78 months in federal prison. Following his release, Emerson must register as a sex offender and will be supervised by federal probation for five years.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Marisa Miller represented the government.

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